Eva's

Registered Name: EVA'S INITIATIVES FOR HOMELESS YOUTH

Business Number: 132239013RR0001

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Eva’s is an award-winning organization that provides shelter, transitional housing, and programming to help homeless and at-risk youth reach their potential to lead productive, self-sufficient, and healthy lives.

In 2017, Charity Intelligence chose Eva’s as one of Canada’s top ten high-impact charities.

How Eva’s Ends Youth Homelessness Today

Every night Eva's provides safety and shelter to 123 youth across our three facilities. In 2017, 948 youth stayed at Eva's. 

  • Eva’s Place Emergency shelter for 40 residents and home to the Family Reconnect Program.
  • Eva’s Satellite Emergency shelter for 33 residents, with special health supports for addiction and mental health (Canada’s first harm reduction shelter for young people).
  • Eva’s PhoenixTransitional housing for 50 residents and education and employment training for 150 young people each year. Home to Eva’s Print Shop, Canada’s only full-service commercial printer dedicated to employment training for homeless and at-risk young people.

How Eva’s Helps Young People Exit Homelessness For Good

  • Family Reconnect Program counselling support to strengthen youth/family relationships and prevent youth homelessness
  • Employment Training in high-demand fields, including construction and building maintenance and print and digital communications
  • Educational Support to help youth access opportunities and achieve academic success (e.g. high school diploma, post-secondary studies)
  • Independent Living Program that provides critical skill-building to help youth find and maintain housing and their health (e.g. cooking, financial literacy, conflict resolution)
  • Recreation Program that provides physical activity opportunities and engagement in sports, health and wellness, and arts and culture

Learn more about what we do

Our Namesake, Eva Smith

Eva Maud Smith (1923-1993) was a Toronto community leader who shed light on hidden youth homelessness. Her trailblazing advocacy resulted in the opening of Eva’s Place in 1994.

What People Are Saying

"No matter how much planning you do, challenges always pop up. Each project I was involved with gave me the opportunity to think on my feet and problem-solve in the moment. The program has definitely enhanced my decision-making skills, and my confidence that I can make the right decisions."

— Student, Construction and Building Maintenance Program

"Learning comfort around ‘failure’ is a huge part of all creative and recreational pursuits, and the benefit of developing that comfort translates into all parts of a young person’s life."

— Bryn, Recreation Coordinator, Read More

"They help me even when I’m having my really bad ‘brain days'."

— Victor, Resident of Eva's Phoenix , Read More

"I was also looking for a charity that made a difference, one that didn’t apply band-aid solutions. The first step is to provide shelter to homeless youth and Eva’s goes further by providing job training, family reunification, teaching life skills, etc... in order to end the cycle of homelessness. "

— Nancy, Volunteer

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